This Sunday's message was in Genesis 17 and it focused on the Removal of the Flesh.
It was a really good message and I am blessed to be here on a Monday Tuesday (almost Wednesday) forcing myself to review it with you so it will sink in better!
God makes a covenant with Abraham in this chapter and I think it is really interesting to notice what God asks of him (and us) in verse one... He says to walk before Him and be blameless.
- We are not to sit before Him, or stand before Him, but we are to walk before Him! It reminds me of James 1:22 that tells us not to be merely hearers of the word, but doers!
- The word blameless means innocent of wrongdoing this also reminds me of the end of James 1 where it says to keep oneself unstained by the world.
- So we are to walk unstained.
Abraham's only part of the covenant was to cut out the flesh, or remove it (Colossians 2:11) Yes is sounds painful but it's all that God asked of Him! I love if you jump further in this chapter it says he circumcised the flesh the very same day as God had asked him (verse 23b) I only pray that I would have that same sense of urgency with my Lord, because I know I do NOT have it now!
Another part I love is verse three where, "Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him." WOW! Another great example that I think we should follow along with often in prayer - I feel it gets our heart in the right position - in a very vulnerable position!
And let me leave you with this...
"For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead."